Power Plate: Session 1

Last Thursday I was lucky enough to be invited to go along to Harrods (ooh, swanky) for a Power Plate class. I have read all over the place about the number of gorgeous celebs that swear by the vibrating wonders of Power Plate to hone their red-carpet-ready bodies, so I was really excited to get to go along and try these out for myself.

Not only are scores of celebrities raving about the wonders of power plate, but when I tweeted about it – I also got loads to tweet-replies saying how amazing they are and how I would love it, plus a friend of mine used them to get herself in shape for her wedding.

So all in all, some pretty exciting recommendations – I was really looking forward to my first class. Just to put the positive side into perspective – I was slightly anxious about how it would feel and if I would be left in pain as I have heard that your first couple of sessions can leave you feeling pretty broken.

So, last Thursday I arrived at the class feeling excited but not really sure what to expect. I was greeted by a couple of friendly power plate instructors who showed me the studio and where I could get myself changed and ready to go. Once I had changed (into a loose t-shirt, leggings and socks – you don’t need trainers for this, so very easy to pack for) I was ready to go.

Before getting on the main machine – which is pretty huge – I was invited to do a body test, to show me exactly how my body was made up (weight, BMI, muscle and body fat – eek!). This is going to come in very handy as I have some stats to compare against at the end of the month long fat-busting trial. The rough gist was that my weight was fine, muscle was on the lower end of the scale and fat on the higher end – probably could have predicted this, but it’s good to have it down in writing so I can see in black and white if any improvements are made – and you don’t need to take my word for the results.

The class was small, four of us in total, including one girl who was very much the ‘busy-city-woman-doesn’t-have-time-to-work-out’ stereotype, doing sit-ups on the machine, wearing a full face of make-up whilst also checking her blackberry. The instructor talked us clearly through each of the simple exercises – lasting only a minute each – explaining which muscles we were working and constantly encouraging. It was really straight forward; I didn’t feel like a power plate dunce.

After the 20 min class I felt very refreshed and energised – like the vibrations really got my blood pumping! I did feel warm, but not sweaty – so it really is one you can do in a lunch break. My legs did feel a bit wobbly, but that’s probably just showing how long it has been since I did a work out.

I made sure I had a warm bath that night (helps the muscles) and ate a protein filled dinner (good for muscles) and the next day I felt fine. I felt like I had used the muscles – slight aches in the thighs and down my sides – but nowhere near the pain I had heard rumours of. I half expected it to kick in the next day, but still felt fine. The most amazing bit was how energised I felt on the Friday – I couldn’t have predicted it would make me feel that good!

So, that was my first experience – have you tried Power Plate? What did you think?? If you have any questions about it then please let me know and I will try to find answers (will ask the trainers).

I am aiming to 2/3 classes a week till the end of March and will report back on how it’s going. At the end of the trial I will also share the before and after body test results so you can judge for yourselves if it as effective as the celebs claim!

Wish me luck!
**The Small Print**
I was invited to go along to this class and participate in the month long trial free of charge for review purposes. All reviews or opinions shared are honest and impartial.


  1. March 1, 2010 / 1:50 pm

    I’m doing the challenge at the moment too. Am halfway through and I’m already noticing a difference in the amount of exercises I can actually do, and how achy I am afterwards. Don’t know how my fat / muscles are doing but I’m interested to do another inbody test at the end.

    Maybe I’ll see you at some classes. I’ll be the overweight one in the odd socks 🙂

  2. March 1, 2010 / 1:57 pm

    Are you doing it at the Harrods studio?? May see you there one day – I’m the one looking a bit confused who can’t do the tricep dips for more than 30 seconds 🙂

  3. March 1, 2010 / 7:48 pm

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  4. March 1, 2010 / 7:50 pm

    Hey, my gym has just invested in 3 of the machines and I love them, I go on them twice a week with my weight workouts, my cardio is way to tough to do the vibro machine afterwards!! They really do help, my partner is a personal trainer and he says the vibrating has up to 3 times the effect as the normal stretch/exercise on its own.

    Really great for toning up, as you say, you are a healthy weight but had more fat – this machine is great at turning that fat into muscle!! Enjoyed reading ur review!

  5. March 1, 2010 / 9:57 pm

    Glad you liked the review!

    I’m really looking forward to seeing the results – might encourage me to keep up with the exercise routine more regularly in future 🙂

  6. March 2, 2010 / 5:55 pm

    I am doing it at Harrods, yep. And don’t worry, 30 seconds of tricep dips is 15 seconds more than I can do!

    We did a version of the fat burning class on Saturday. I could barely walk afterwards!

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